Kyoung-Rok Choi - South Korean in Germany

Kyoung-Rok Choi is a 23-year-old South Korean who has been playing his football with St Pauli since 2014. However this week he signed with German side Karlsruher SC in Liga 3 the German third division. 

It now looks like the player will be used as a regular in the team having previously only played twice the whole of last season in a total of nine minutes for St Pauli.

While his new club Karlsruher SC after finishing third last season will be looking for promotion to the Bundesliga 2. 

This week German media outlet ka-news caught up with him in South Korea and here is the translated interview. 

Mr Choi, have you spoken with Markus Kauczinski (Head Coach at St Pauli), who spent a long time with Karlsruher SC?

Not since the move but I did last winter. When the club first came in for me. 

You look like you will be in the number ten role, this will give you extra responsibility.  

I'm looking forward to the task and when it starts and I think this is the right move for my development.

Is the position of the playmaker your preferred position?

Yes, I prefer to play the number 10 role, in central attacking midfield. But I can also play on the left or right wing. Actually everywhere in midfield.

Do you already know your new colleagues?

Not personally! But of course, I have watched some games and therefore know the players. It is a very good team.

What are your expectations and hopes for the upcoming season? Do you set targets?

I want to play, play, play and of course, I'll do anything to score goals. It is too early to talk about targets though.

When will you join up with the squad?

On the 18th of June, to prepare for preseason. I am very happy, it is a beautiful city and a good team. That will be good for sure. Above all, I've heard and seen on TV that the fans are great. This is important for me.

Leading on from this he answered a question on his hope for South Korea at the World Cup, especially as South Korea will play Germany.

At the World Cup in Russia Germany will play against South Korea. What do you think about this game?

Germany has a very strong team, and are favourites. But there are always surprises and I absolutely trust our team. We are very fit, disciplined and a good side. I would most like to see Germany and South Korea reach the last sixteen.

It is great to see Kyoung-Rok Choi making his mark in Germany and hopefully this move will help him kick on and maybe he will push his way into South Korea's set up in the future. 

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